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Arsenal need to keep the momentum going into the new season 0

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Patrick

It has been a great past few months for Arsenal fans all around the world. We capped off a decent season with an FA cup victory, beating Hull City 3-2 in extra time. How sweet was that victory? It effectively ended a 9 year long trophy drought. For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that felt like total eternity.

Then, it was time for the world cup in the hot climate of Brazil. In this tournament, the Arsenal players did extremely well, with Alexis, Campbell and Giroud all having deep runs in the tournaments with their nations. More importantly, three Arsenal players- Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski went on to lift the world cup at the end of the tournament for Germany.

Will Giroud still be Arsenal’s main striker this season? 8

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Patrick

Giroud has been one of the most criticized players for Arsenal in recent times. Bought in the summer of 2012 to replace Robin Van Persie, Giroud had huge boots to fill, especially when Van Persie came off a 37 goal season. Giroud had a relatively decent first season, finishing with 17 goals and 12 assists. It was no doubt a far cry from Van Persie’s standards but still commendable for a striker’s first season in English football. However, he was still criticized throughout the whole season, mainly on being slow and not able to finish chances. What is being neglected is how well he was able to link up Arsenal’s offense very well, allowing Arsenal to have a more balanced and diversified attack.

Is Mario Balotelli right for Arsenal? 2

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Patrick

One of the most eccentric and unpredictable characters of football Mario Balotelli has been linked to a transfer to Arsenal for quite a while now. A lot of Arsenal fans have surely questioned his suitability for the club, both on and off the field. We will start with how he will fit in on the pitch first.

On the pitch, Balotelli is one of the world’s most deadly strikers. With almost 90 goals in his young career, he is one of the most sought after young players worldwide. However, there are many instances where he allowed his emotions to affect his performances as clearly seen from his poor showing at Man City. Also, Balotelli is highly unlikely to fit into the Arsenal system as his ego will see him not pass the ball enough, directly contradicting Arsenal’s style of play.

Flamini is still needed in this Arsenal team 5

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Patrick

In almost every title winning side, there is always a man that has bite. A player that is fearless of anything and willing to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the team winning. From Lothar Matthaus to Roy Keane to Patrick Viera when at Arsenal, these players are usually midfielders willing to put their bodies on the line for team. Lucky for us, we already have that player in Mathieu Flamini.

Should Szczesny stay as Arsenal’s Number One? 2

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Patrick

Is Szczesny the right man to go with?

When Szczesny first made his debut in a premier league match at Old Trafford against Manchester United, many were expecting Arsenal to lose by a huge margin. Many thought fielding Szczesny will put huge pressure on him and cause him to crumble. However, he played a decent match and managed to make Wayne Rooney blast a penalty over the bar. That was when Szczesny announced his arrival to the footballing world.

Why Arsenal signing Benzema could really be back on! 1

Posted on July 22, 2014 by admin

It will take a string of events to go the right way for Arsenal, but the amazing transfer of Karim Benzema from Real Madrid could actually be back on soon. I really hope it happens, because with Alexis Sanchez already signed, the arrival of the France international would surely give Arsenal the single most deadly strike force in the Premier League. And with our talented midfield and miserly defence, that would probably see us Gooners celebrating the Premier League title next May, if not a double.

Campbell IS the reason Arsenal will NOT sign a striker! 0

Posted on July 22, 2014 by admin

There is good news for the young Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who has now joined up with his new team mates as the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to America and a game against New York Red Bulls, with our favourite son Thierry Henry, on Saturday night.

We already know that the young Costa Rica international has talent and a strong self belief, but he must have been having some doubts about just how much, if at all, he would be able to feature in the Arsenal first team this season. Arsene Wenger said that he would be coming for pre-season, but he stopped short of saying there was definitely a place for him in the Arsenal squad after that.

Diaby on course to finally shine for Arsenal? 5

Posted on July 21, 2014 by admin

The last time that Abou Diaby was fit and able to make a decent contribution to the Arsenal cause, was nearly two years ago, at the start of the 2012-13 season. The Frenchman started all three of the Gunners opening games and bagged himself a Man of the Match award as we beat Liverpool at Anfield.

But therein lay part of the problem for Diaby and Arsenal, because the lack of options in midfield forced Arsene Wenger to rely too heavily on the Frenchman and that caused his injury problems to flare up again. The 28-year old’s luck then deserted him again with a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for over a year, making his only appearance as a sub in the final Premier League game.

DONE DEAL! Arsenal complete transfer of Colombia keeper Ospina 10

Posted on July 21, 2014 by admin

We all know that Arsene Wenger likes to keep the Arsenal transfer business firmly under wraps until the deal is done and ready to be announced. You can’t blame him because things can change at the last minute and you end up with egg on your face.

So to hear the Prof say on Saturday, in a report on after the first pre-season game against Boreham Wood, that he would definitely be signing a new keeper this summer, says to me that he is close to sealing the deal for a stopper to replace Lukasz Fabianski. It might seem a bit thin, but Wenger refused to be drawn on which other positions would be strengthened.

Will Arsenal fans turn on Cesc Fabregas? 6

Posted on July 21, 2014 by admin

As Arsenal fans, we have had to get used to seeing some of our best players leave the club in recent years, for one reason or another. Some, like Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, have turned instantly from hero to villain because of their reasons for leaving and the way they did it. Others, like Thierry Henry, will always be remembered as club legends.

The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas used to fall into the second category, even though he forced his way out and left Arsenal with a huge hole in the team. We understood, I think, because he was going back to his boyhood club, Barcelona, who just happened to be on top of the world at the time.

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